This is my dad, who served as an aircraft mechanic during WWII. He was fresh out of high school at the time. I love how much alike they look in these photos, taken at least 25 years apart.
Thankfully, all 3 of them made it home safely -- unlike many of their friends and fellow soldiers. So today, just a moment of thanks for Dad, Grandpa and my brother, all of the soldiers who fought by their sides, those who came before them, and those who followed in their footsteps. May their sacrifices never be in vain.